Step off the bustling High Street of Melrose into this warm and welcoming upper floor apartment.
A hard-to-beat location at the heart of one of the most enchanting towns in the Borders
Opening the front door, an elegant spiral staircase leads you up to a light-filled open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Dual aspect windows offer views towards St Mary’s School, giving the property its name, while the attractive country kitchen, large tweed sofas and plaid curtains make this a homely space in which to relax after busy days exploring all that Melrose has to offer. Two comfortable double bedrooms and stylish bathrooms with walk-in showers are also found on this upper floor, each offering sweeping views across Melrose.
Thanks to this property’s prime location, the key sights of Melrose are all within five minutes’ stroll - Melrose Abbey, the Trimontium Museum and the National Trust’s Harmony Garden and Priorwood Gardens amongst them. Add to that Melrose’s celebrated boutiques, pubs and restaurants (the acclaimed farm-to-fork restaurant Provender is literally next door), and you’ll find yourself sinking gratefully into those tweed sofas at the end of long, contented days’ exploring.
For longer walks, the 100km-long St Cuthbert’s Way starts here in Melrose, where the Saint started his religious life in 650AD, and takes hikers all the way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where his life ended. Keen walkers might also be tempted to hike all, or just some sections, of the 107km-long Borders Abbey circular walk, which links the historic abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso.
Access into a vestibule, leading into hallway with staircase leading to the first floor living area.
Open-plan kitchen and sitting room. Two double sofas, footstool, Smart TV, radio/CD player.
Kitchen with electric oven, induction hob, washing machine, integrated fridge/freezer (3 drawers), small dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso machine, dining area with seating for four to six guests.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe with drawer, small wall-mounted TV.
Bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two (with views of the courtyard) with double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, single wardrobe with drawer, small wall-mounted TV.
En suite with large corner walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Shared courtyard to the rear with outside seating. Access via a side gate to Melrose High Street.
A secure gate from the rear courtyard leads to off-street parking and gives easy access to nearby Gibson Park.
Off-street parking in the free public car park directly to the rear of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally very good.
Gas central heating which is thermostatically controlled.
The property sits just off the High Street in Melrose. The rear courtyard offers guest privacy however it is important to note that this courtyard is shared with Bank View and Eildon View which are both offered as holiday lets.
If you are looking for a property in a similar style, the owner also owns Eildon View and Bank View in the village of Melrose. Otherwise Dryburgh Stirling One, Dryburgh Stirling Two, Dryburgh Farmhouse One, Dryburgh Farmhouse Two, Dryburgh Steading One, Dryburgh Steading Two, Dryburgh Steading Three and Dryburgh Steading Four are all located near St. Boswells.
Set in the very heart of the country that inspired the writings of Sir Walter Scott, you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the beautiful backdrop.
An enjoyable afternoon can be spent browsing the range of interiors, gift, craft and boutique style shops around the pretty Market Square before afternoon tea or supper at one of the many convivial coffee shops or restaurants. Browse the lovely Henderson’s for gifts and vintage finds; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; the beautiful hand-sewn Harris Tweed garments from Jane Hall at The Crafters; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious cream sponge, or head to the Town House, Provender, Burts or Marmions which all come highly recommended. Alternatively take a walk along the river and over the suspension footbridge to Gattonside for excellent food at either Seasons restaurant or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
You will find an excellent range of shops selling fine quality food and drink here including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit & veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
The area is a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider attractions of the Borders area. For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Top of the list is Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford (1.5 miles) which will reveal a treasure trove of artefacts connected to this great writer, while the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane will not fail to impress.
A must-visit is the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by the monks of the Cistercian order, featuring beautiful architectural detailing and fascinating connections to St. Cuthbert, Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard. Nearby you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden before a visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre based in the town square. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes, with leisurely walks right from the doorstep to more extensive loops across the wider area. Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Alternatively the sublime Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, can be arranged locally including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away.
For short breaks, Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few!
Alternatively, hop on a train from Tweedbank (3 miles) where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite architecture of this beautiful city.
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
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Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
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Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Babysitting and nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
"We want to send you a brief but heartfelt thank you for organising our 2 nights away in Melrose last week. School View is a beautifully appointed place which made our stay so comfortable. The welcome provisions were very generous and we just wished we could have been there for longer. In fact we hope to book again for the autumn and can thoroughly recommend it as a convenient, beautifully situated and delightful place for a short break. The standards of preparation, especially in the present circumstances, were exemplary and much appreciated."Mrs Paterson
"We have had a great time and the property has been perfect. The service from yourselves and the housekeeping staff has been brilliant. Would definitely recommend to friends. Also the weather has been glorious which is a bonus especially for those of us who live in Scotland!"Mrs Adamson
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Climbing the spiral staircase and kicking back in the cosy living area offers a sense of escape from the lively bustle of Melrose."Clare, owner of School View